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Virtual Family Storytime: Pets!

Updated: Aug 3, 2021

I didn’t even realize that National Pet Day was this month when I planned this storytime. Love coincidences!

Here’s what I’ve got planned:

We will talk about early literacy tools: Read/Write/Sing/Talk/Play. We will use all of these in our storytime today but I am going to highlight PLAY. Symbolic play and dramatic play help children to develop language skills. Try acting out your favorite fairytales or stories.

We Clap and Sing Hello We clap and sing hello, We clap and sing hello, With our friends at storytime, We clap and sing hello! (Wave and sing hello; jump and sing hello.)

Shake My Sillies Out by Raffi

Today we will be talking about pets. How many of you guys have pets? I have a big old goofyball of a dog named Apollo. He’s a goldendoodle and has long curly hair. I have to brush him a lot and he takes up all the space in my bed! Pets take a lot of responsibility, right? You need to feed them, walk them, change their water or bedding, take them to the vet and more. Pets also need a lot of love.

Letter — “P” for Pet; ASL – CAT / DOG / FISH / BIRD

Some Pets by Angela DiTerlizzi read with permission of Simon & Schuster

Love Your Pets (Tune-row, row, row your boat) Love, love, love your pets, Love them everyday. Give them food and water too, Then let them run and play.

Game – Sleeping, sleeping all of my friends are sleeping. And when they woke up, they were… Dog/Cat/Bird/Rabbit/Pig

I’m My Own Dog by David Ezra Stein read with permission of Candlewick Press

How Much Is that Pet in the Window? How much is that doggy in the window? Woof woof! The one with the waggly tail? How much is that doggy in the window? Woof woof! I do hope that doggy’s for sale.

Kitty…meow…long whiskers Bird… tweet tweet…flappity wings Rabbit…hop hop…hoppity legs Fish… glub glub… swimmy fins

FlannelDear Zoo by Rod Campbell used with permission of Simon & Schuster

I Had A Little Turtle I had a little turtle His name is Tiny Tim I put him in the bathtub To see if he could swim. He drank up all the water He ate up all the soap And now he’s home sick in bed with bubbles in his throat! Bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble, bubble pop!

Charlotte and the Rock by Martin, Stephen W., read with permission of Penguin Random House

Takeaway – I like to give an easy take-away craft, so I made my own pet rock to show them and encourage them to make their own!

We Clap Goodbye Like This We clap goodbye like this, We clap goodbye like this, With our friends at storytime, We clap goodbye like this!

(We wave goodbye like this; We stomp goodbye like this)

How’d it go:

We had fun today. I was a little tongue tied here and there but I think everyone had fun!

That’s all for now!


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